A quick plug for a winemaker who I think is just rocking right now: Michael Cruse. Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguie. This grape, formerly known as “Napa Gamay”, is super fruity on the palate – read: ripe cherry & strawberry, and … Continue reading
Pet-Nat, or “Petillant Naturel” as it is more formally known, has made a strong appearance in the wine scene in the past few years – and for good reason. This winemaking method, also known as “Methode Ancestrale”, results in a … Continue reading
Despite us being in the heart of rose season, I have yet to recommend any, so here we go! …a quick post on a few of my favorite roses that are worth splurging on this holiday weekend. The Classic: Chateaux Pradeaux … Continue reading
Where there is a lot of wine, there is, in turn, a lot of coffee. Yes, while we do have our handy spit buckets ready at all of our tastings, but as you can imagine, with the late nights on … Continue reading
In light of an article that came out in the New York Times Sunday Magazine several weeks ago, I think it’s worth mentioning what is going on in California right now. If you have a few minutes, and want to … Continue reading
Stigma is an unfortunate thing here, as there’s a strong fight for wine in a can, and I would venture to say we’re going to be seeing a lot more of it in the future. Pros of canned wine: … Continue reading
Such a busy week here in NYC, so keeping it short and sweet. Here’s a few of my other pics from the Finger Lakes. These guys are making good wines, while becoming the producers we will look at as revolutionaries … Continue reading
The Finger Lakes. After spending 4 years studying viticulture up here, the desire to come back at look at vines was dwindling in the back of my mind. But, after years away gaining exposure to the fine wines of the … Continue reading
German wine can be intimidating to anyone. Even if you speak fluent German, the label tells you almost nothing about what is inside the bottle, the names are near impossible to us non-speakers to pronounce, and they even use different … Continue reading
Wanted to share a find that I encountered this week which is such a versatile & delicious wine – MacPhail Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2012. Even being the Pinot-crazy girl that I am, the breadth of ways this grape changes from region to region is still so mind boggling!
While this wine comes in a little more expensive that I typically post, at $40, if you’re planning to splurge for Valentine’s Day, this will not disappoint. It’s a BIG expression of Pinot – fruit forward with lots of cherry & raspberry, with a big juicy mouthfeel. The finish is just right on the palate, with some clear tannin, but an even acid balance to keep you going back for more.
On trend with many new-world producers, there’s full disclosure on the back label, and on the website even more – including everything down to the clones of Pinot Noir used in production. A clone is essentially a cut from a vine with specific qualities, that is re-propogated – i.e. good tolerance to cold, or ability to thrive in specific soil types. The specific sites of the vineyards are also given (it’s a blend of 8 different sites). Here’s a basic map of the CA wine regions ->
By way of CA production, James MacPhail is working on a small scale, producing only 5,000 cases annually, as that’s all his permit allows – but he seems very content with that, and if the wines keep turning out like this, I am too.
This is a crowd pleasing wine, and while it’s totally drinkable alone, it will hold up again some hearty meals as well, and I’d even go so far as to say a tender cut of steak would be on point. But, whatever your Valentine’s Day has in store – wine is always welcome!